Disc golf course design to be considered as possible step to bring more families to Nall Park

A player hits one of the baskets at the Rosedale disc golf course over the weekend.
A player hits one of the baskets at the Rosedale disc golf course over the weekend.

A design for a disc golf course at Nall Park is expected to be presented to the parks committee in Roeland Park this summer. The course designer who is putting the drawings together believes disc golf will bring more visitors to the park, especially families.

Scott Reek designs courses, plans disc golf events and sells equipment from Dynamic Discs at 47th and Mission Road. One of the destination courses in Kansas City is just to the north at Rosedale Park in Kansas City, Kan. “Kansas City is a mecca for disc golf,” Reek said. “Rosedale is one of the busiest courses.”

The Nall Park layout will be designed for a different crowd than Rosedale, Reek said. Rosedale has two 18-hole courses, including one that winds through woodland, and attracts serious players. “Rosedale will be jam-packed (on weekends),” Reek said. “Nall is designed for people who don’t want to deal with that.”

“Nall will see some major traffic,” Reek said, just because of its proximity to Rosedale.

A potential disc golf course at Nall Park would be “designed to bring families” to the park, he said. Reek said he is finished with preliminary drawings. Nall Park will only accommodate a nine-hole course covering 10 acres. At Rosedale the baskets are about 300 feet apart, but at Nall that would be reduced to 200 feet.

Reek believes the design at Nall would make it good for beginners, young families and clinics. The design would not conflict with the playground area, shelter or walking trail.

Councilor Becky Fast, who has been advocating for city investment and maintenance in Nall Park, said the discussion of possible disc golf at the park should begin at the August committee meeting. The city has also had interest expressed in a mountain bike course at the park.